BMW 1 series 2007 vs Volkswagen Golf 2008

BMW 1 series
2007 - 2011
Volkswagen Golf
2008 - 2012
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 2.0 Diesel2.0 Diesel
Camshaft drive: Timing chainTiming belt
Engine chain usually needs to be replaced less often than the timing belt, but the cost of replacing the chain is usually higher. Chain motors are considered to be more reliable, but noisier and more vibration generating.


Power: 204 HP140 HP
Torque: 400 NM320 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 7.1 seconds9.3 seconds
BMW 1 series is more dynamic to drive.
BMW 1 series engine produces 64 HP more power than Volkswagen Golf, whereas torque is 80 NM more than Volkswagen Golf. Thanks to more power BMW 1 series reaches 100 km/h speed 2.2 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 5.54.9
Real fuel consumption: 6.7 l/100km5.4 l/100km
The Volkswagen Golf is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification BMW 1 series consumes 0.6 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Volkswagen Golf, which means that if you drive 15,000 km in a year, the BMW 1 series could require 90 litres more fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, BMW 1 series consumes 1.3 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Volkswagen Golf.
Fuel tank capacity: 51 litres55 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 920 km in combined cycle1120 km in combined cycle
1100 km on highway1370 km on highway
760 km with real consumption1010 km with real consumption
Volkswagen Golf gets more mileage on one fuel tank.

Drive type

Wheel drive type: Rear wheel drive (RWD)Front wheel drive (FWD)


Average engine lifespan: 300'000 km390'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used, but under equal conditions the average life of a Volkswagen Golf engine could be longer.
Engine production duration: 16 years8 years
Engine spread: Used also on BMW X1Installed on at least 12 other car models, including Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Sharan, Audi A3
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts.


Length: 4.24 m4.20 m
Width: 1.75 m1.79 m
Height: 1.42 m1.48 m
BMW 1 series is 4 cm longer than the Volkswagen Golf, 4 cm narrower, while the height of BMW 1 series is 6 cm lower.
Trunk capacity: 330 litres350 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1150 litres1305 litres
Despite its longer length, BMW 1 series has 20 litres less trunk space than the Volkswagen Golf. This could mean that the BMW 1 series uses more space in the cabin, so the driver and passengers could be more spacious and comfortable. The maximum boot capacity (with all rear seats folded down) is larger in Volkswagen Golf (by 155 litres).
Turning diameter: 11 meters11 meters
Power steering: Hydraulic power steeringElectric power steering
Hydraulic power steering is technologically more complex, louder, increases fuel consumption and requires more servicing. It has the advantages of more power, less strain on the car's electrical system and better feedback (feeling) when steering.
Gross weight (kg): 1`9201`910
Safety: no data

Volkswagen Golf has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data BMW 1 series has serious deffects in 30 percent more cases than Volkswagen Golf, so Volkswagen Golf quality is probably significantly better
Average price (€): 50004600
Pros and Cons: BMW 1 sērija has
  • timing chain engine
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • hydraulic power steering
Volkswagen Golf has
  • timing belt engine
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • longer expected engine lifespan
  • roomier boot
  • electric power steering
  • fewer faults
  • lower price
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